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Ross Stands Tall To Lead T-Birds To Win Over Cougars

Brian Liesse

Ross has 33 saves as T-Birds now 1 point from Rockets for first Wild Card Spot

KENT, February 9, 2020 — Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Roddy Ross made 33 saves Sunday night at accesso ShoWare Center to lead the team to a 2-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars.

The T-Birds travel to Everett to take on the Silvertips on Friday at 7:35pm. They host the Vancouver Giants on Saturday at 6:05pm. Hockey Challenge 2020 is Saturday and will feature seven games at accesso ShoWare Center, highlighted by Team Olczyk vs. Team Patterson in the Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game right after the game against the Giants. The 22nd annual Hockey Challenge supports the operations of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Seattle is now 21-24-3-3 and in the second Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference nine points ahead of the Prince George Cougars. The T-Birds are one point behind the Kelowna Rockets (23-25-1-2) for the first Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference. The T-Birds and Rockets have one game remaining this season against each other, on March 6 in Kelowna.

Ross had 12 saves in the first period, 11 saves in the second period and 10 saves in the third period. He was at his best late in the third when the Cougars pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead at 7:24 of the first period. Andrej Kukuca and Conner Bruggen-Cate cycled the puck in the left corner. Bruggen-Cate skated into the left circle and took a wrist shot that rebounded off Prince George goalie Taylor Gauthier into the slot. Bruggen-Cate got his own rebound and snapped it past Gauthier for his 13th goal of the season.

Matthew Rempe scored his eighth goal of the season at 15:51 of the second period to give the T-Birds a 2-0 lead. Luke Bateman passed the puck up the left wing to Roulette who entered the zone. Roulette toe dragged the puck at the top of the left circle to create some space and then snapped at the net. Rempe was in the low slot and tipped the puck over Gauthier’s left shoulder.

Prince George cut the T-Birds lead to one at 16:23 of the second on a power-play goal by Ilijah Colina.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2019-20 season.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Seattle, Bruggen-Cate 13 (Kukuca, Bauer), 7:24. Penalties – Bateman, Sea (cross checking), 8:34. Davidson, Sea (holding), 12:04. Bowie, PG (hooking), 18:50.

Second period – 2, Seattle, Rempe 8 (Roulette, Bateman), 15:51. 3, Prince George, Colina 9 (Maser, Mikhalchuk), 16:32 (pp). Penalties – Bruggen-Cate, Sea (double minor-roughing), 7:03. Kohner, PG (roughing), 7:03. Roulette, Sea (roughing), 13:37. Moberg, PG (roughing), 13:37. Bauer, Sea (double minor-high sticking), 16:13. McNelly, Sea (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 17:53. Maser, PG (major-fighting), 17:53.

Third period – No scoring. Penalties – Moberg, PG (interference), 4:36.

Shots on goal – Seattle 12-16-8 36, Prince George 12-12-10 34. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 34 shots-33 saves (17-17-3-3); Prince George, Gauthier 36-34 (12-21-3-4). Power plays – Seattle 0-2; Prince George 1-5. Referees – Nick Panter, Troy Paterson. Linesmen – Justin Nicol, Eric MaLaughlin.

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